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Coordinates: 14°33′50″N 120°59′36″E 14.56389, 120.99333


De La Salle University

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    • 2401Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines 1004
    • Telephone:
      • +63 2 524-4611
      • +63 2 523-4266 (fax)
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History & Memorable Moments

DLSU traces its traces its founding to Manila Archbishop Jeremiah James Harty. Harty believed that the establishment of a La Salle school in Manila is instrumental in preempting the spread of Protestantism in the Philippines through the arrival of the Thomasites. His request would be later endorsed in 1907 by the Pope Pius X. An envoy of La Sallian Brothers arrived in 1910. Together with Harty, the Brothers searched for a suitable campus. A 13,000 m2 (140,000 sq ft) property in Paco, Manila was purchased for this purpose. [1]

  • Early history

De La Salle College was established as an elementary school and high school for boys on June 16, 1911 by the three Lasallian Brothers (namely Blimond Pierre Eilenbecker, Aloysius Gonzaga McGiverin and Augusto Correge) who arrived in Manila on March 1911. Classes started on the same day with 125 students. This number would reach 175 by July 10. [1]

On February 12, 1912, the college was incorporated under the sole ownership of the college director, who was then Eilenbecker. The college was permitted to confer commercial high school diplomas in the same year. Meanwhile, it received a charter from the Governor-General of the Philippines, allowing the college to confer associate's degrees in commerce. It started offering the degree as a two-year program in 1920. [1]

The college already had 425 students by 1921. Due to the lack of space in the campus in Paco, and the growing population of its student and faculty, the college moved to its present location in Malate, Manila on February 12. [1]

In 1931, the College discontinued its two-year program in commerce in favor of a three-year Bachelor of Science in Commerce program, which was approved a year earlier. [1]

  • Second World War

De La Salle College served as a shelter for displaced civilians and wounded soldiers during the Second World War. It was, however, occupied by Japanese forces, and made into a defense quarters on January 2, 1942. Repeated bombings severely damaged the campus. Despite this, classes continued. De La Salle students shared classes with students from other schools that have closed because of the war while the American Brothers had left. Meanwhile, high school classes were transferred to St. Scholastica's College in 1943. [1]

Classes were eventually discontinued. On February 1, 1945, Japanese forces ordered the occupants of the college and surrounding vicinities to vacate the college. The Egbert Xavier Kelly, the president of the college, refused however. On February 7, Kelly was abducted by the Japanese, and was never found again; he is believed to had been tortured and killed. Around 20 Japanese soldiers came to the campus on February 12 shortly after noontime, and massacred 16 of the 17 Brothers residing in the campus, along with 25 other residents. Only one Brother (Antonius von Jesus) and 21 other civilians survived the event. [1]

  • Post-war period

Classes resumed on July 1945. It had a graduating batch of 60 high school graduates. One year later, the College of Commerce reopened with its 3-year BS Commerce program extended to 4-year program. Later, the High School Department of De La Salle College was dissolved in 1968. The college, together with Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines, gave birth to the Asian Institute of Management in the same year with assistance from the Ford Foundation and Harvard University.[46][47] Several other units were established in the following years. [1]

1970s marked substantial developments for De La Salle College. For instance, its started admitting female students in 1973. On February 19, 1975, De La Salle College was granted university status. Since then it became known as De La Salle University. It also used the name De La Salle University–Manila. Since 2008, it has since referred to itself only as De La Salle University, being its registered name in the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission. Meanwhile, the Grade School Department was deprecated in 1978. [1]

1980s was also as significant. In 1981, De La Salle University shifted from the traditional semestral academic calendar to a trimestral one. In 1987, the university, together with four other Lasallian institutions, became part of the De La Salle University System. The system would later be dissolved in favor of De La Salle Philippines, a network of 18 Lasallian institutions. Meanwhile, De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde became independent of the university in 1988. [1]

  • Recent History

An explosion occurred at the DLSU portion of Taft Avenue on September 26, 2010 around 5:05pm PST, the same day as the Philippine Bar exams conducted by the university. The explosive, an Mk 2 grenade, was allegedly detonated by Anthony Leal Nepomuceno who was indicted by the Philippine Department of Justice on April 29, 2011. The blast injured 47 individuals, and resulted to the amputation of two victims. [1]

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    • The De La Salle Alumni Association ( DLSAA ) announces the acceptance of nominations for the 2008 Sports Hall of Fame, Lasallian Sports Achievement, Distinguished Lasallian and Lasallian Achievement awards to recognize alumni/ae who have brought honor and distinction to the university and/or to the country.
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    • Almeda, Miamor
    • Ballada, Edwin
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    • Cuevas, Sherry Marie
    • De Rojas, Angela
    • Gana, Mary Roselle
    • Go, Michelle
    • Laconico, Ma. Victoria
    • Landicho, Romualdo
    • Litam, Adrian
    • Magpoc, Mary Anne
    • Marayag, Reden
    • Pabilonia, Ma. Jaja
    • Pasco, Joelani
    • Pasco, Mark Joseph
    • Que, Vincent
    • Sison, Bernard
    • Tiangco, Joy Christine
    • Tolentino, Allan Dale
    • Viloria, Angelito Ursino
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    • Century Park Hotel
      • 599 Ocampo Street, 1004 Malate, Manila
      • Consists of two (2) buildings, namely, the Century Tower and the Park Tower. The Century Tower is a 19-storey structure that comprises most of the hotel rooms while the Park Tower is a 4-storey-all-suite component of the hotel equipped with kitchenette. A combination of these towers yields a total of 500 rooms.
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